A possible translation, Turbo Tax asked for the Medicare payments when the SSA-1099 was entered and automatically included them as a medical insurance payment. Not realizing they were already included in the medical insurance payments, the OP entered the Medicare payments again as a medical deduction. =============================================Moral of the story:Turbo Tax (or any tax software program) will do the math for you, but you can't let it do your thinking for you.You still have to check over the output-the completed return - for accuracy and reasonableness.This is a point I keep repeating to our younger crew in the office, who figure they have it all entered right, and don't bother doing that last step - checking the output for accuracy. After all, that's what Bill is there for, right? Worse - they ask me a question, and I point to a number on the return, and say, "OK, but is that the right number?"Response: (Deer-in-the-headlights stare) "Well, I ASSUME so. (the program) calculated it." WRONG ANSWER.Worst of all - my two pet peeves:1. System-generated client letter addressed to a deceased client.2. 4 quarterly estimates, and a refund on the return. (WHY make a client write a bigger check, with a refund coming? You don't, if you're thinking at all.)Those two things quickly tell me they're not looking at their finished work. That's the difference between a professional and an assembly-line worker.Bill <--recovering from 35th tax season.
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